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Stihl BR 600 vs BR 500 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BR 500 and the Stihl BR 600.

But before checking out these explanations, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 leaf blowers:

Stihl BR 500Stihl BR 600
Stihl BR 500Stihl BR 600
  • Less noisy
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Lighter
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BR 500 and the BR 600 are both Stihl blowers, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail. Both products have their throttle located on the tube of the blower, which allows you to keep your left hand free.
  • Engineered as backpack blowers, these two products feature sizeable engines and large fuel tanks, ensuring comfortable carrying during operation.
  • Both products are gas-powered blowers - gas is a reliable power source which you can refill in a matter of seconds, offering you the freedom of movement to tackle larger outdoor spaces with ease.

CFM & MPH

  • In comparison, the Stihl BR 600, with a CFM of 677, beats the 544 CFM of the Stihl BR 500, making it the superior landscaping tool of the two, when it comes to the amount of leaves that can be blown per minute.
  • The Stihl BR 600, with an MPH of 238, modestly outpaces the 207 MPH of the Stihl BR 500, ensuring slightly quicker air expulsion for more efficient leaf blowing and debris lifting.

Weight & Noise rating

  • The Stihl BR 500, weighing 22.3 lbs, edges slightly above the 21.6 lbs of the Stihl BR 600, implying that while it's marginally heavier, you may notice a tad more comfort and ease in handling the latter.
  • The Stihl BR 600 registers a noise rating of 75 dB, slightly above the 65 dB rating of the Stihl BR 500. Opting for the Stihl BR 500 could result in a quieter experience for both you and your neighbors.

Engine specs comparison

  • Both devices have an identical fuel tank size of 47.3 fl.oz. They will therefore require you to refill them at roughly same rates.
  • These two products share an engine displacement of 64.8cc, suggesting they might consume comparable amounts of fuel per stroke, potentially resulting in similar performance outputs.
  • The leaf blowers have a 4-cycle engine. Both feature a Stihl 4-Mix engine design though, and therefore require an oil/fuel mix.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Both the Stihl BR 500 and the Stihl BR 600 lack leaf vacuuming features, meaning you'll need to employ another method for leaf collection.

TL;DR

Stihl BR 500Stihl BR 600
Stihl BR 500Stihl BR 600
  • Less noisy
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Lighter
4 Comments
  1. So can’t I tweak my 500 to have a higher rpm?

    • I replaced the carb, muffler, ignition coil, blower fan, and can hear it off my perfectly good running br600 that I ran over. The blower fan change required me to change the main housing as well to accommodate the br600 fan. Never changed the muffled tube which keeps it a tiny bit quieter. It was basically like putting a new engine on my 600. Same rpm and output now. Sorry of that I found the 500 unimpressive after using my 600 for years. Just get the 600 for the price difference.

  2. If the engines are identical, how does the 600 have higher performance? Different blower fan? Housing? Timing? ???

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